The site design plan provided a “blueprint” to convert a 60-acre portion of the city-owned, former automobile manufacturing facility, commonly known as Chevy in the Hole, into a natural area called Chevy Commons.
Re-development is being completed in phases creating a park-like space. Portions include open grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands interlaced with trails that link to the surrounding institutions, neighborhoods, and regional trails. The design detailed in this plan has served as a guide for the development of the site including future phases as funding becomes available.
Details on the first three proposed phases were included in this document. The specific scale and scope of future phases may change based on community and stakeholder interests and the sources or amount of funding available at any given time.
The project has been managed by the Genesee County Land Bank in partnership with the city. Federal brownfield funds were used to address immediate safety concerns on the site including installation of the green cap. Upkeep and maintenance is being managed by the Genesee County Parks.
Construction was completed on the first phase in 2016. The Flint River Corridor Alliance is dedicated to helping support plans for the future phases of the site, to assisting with recreational amenities, and to working with our partners to help program the site. We helped coordinate and sponsor the first event site at the site, Cycling Circles. The event took place for the second time in September 2017.
The City of Flint was awarded a $1.6 million United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Revolving Loan Cleanup Sub-grant from the Genesee County Treasurer to address environmental concerns and construct the initial phases of a landscaped cap on Chevy Commons.
The City of Flint entered into an agreement with the Genesee County Land Bank to manage the process of dressing environmental contamination concerns, developing the site design and construction plans, and completing the first phase of development. Chevy Commons is located along the Flint River a few blocks west of Downtown and adjacent to Kettering University, Atwood Stadium and GM Tool and Die.
Additional nearby institutions include Hurley Medical Center, Flint Children’s Museum, Power Catholic and Michigan School for the Deaf. Kearsley Street provides a direct link to the site from the University of Michigan-Flint Campus and Downtown.A group of partners were invited to participate in a technical advisory group to help build support for redevelopment, use and maintenance of the site. The group included representatives from the Flint River Corridor Alliance, surrounding neighborhoods, nearby institutions, and organizations with a potential interest in programming and using the site.
During the two technical advisory group meetings, the design team – including landscape architects, environmental consultants, and engineers – shared information on the planning history, site context, and examples of similar projects in other cities. The design team created this design plan based on an in-depth site analysis of opportunities and constraints combined with information gathered during this and previous site plannig processes.